Two persons, R. S. Ganesan and Palani alias Palani Kumar of Jaihindpuram, were arrested in yet another case of land grabbing here on Monday. The police produced the accused before a Judicial Magistrate court that remanded him to 15 days judicial custody.
Following a complaint from Thangaraj (60), son of Yesuadian, of Jaihindpuram, the Commissioner of Police, P. Kannappan, directed the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police to register a case.
According to the complainant, he had bought 20 cents of land in Jaihindpuram in 1982.
He had fenced the entire property which remained as a vacant site.
However, in 2008, he found Palani running a shop there. Enquiries by Thangaraj with Palani revealed that he had got the property from Ganesan.
When Thangaraj approached Ganesan, the latter claimed that the land belonged to him and that he had all the documents.
A shocked Thangaraj sent a petition to the Chief Minister's Cell in 2008 and it was forwarded to the Jaihindpuram police. Enquiries by the police, however, remained inconclusive as Ganesan claimed that he had all the documents.
After reading recent media reports on police action against land grabbers, Thangaraj preferred a complaint. According to the CCB police, they had examined all the documents and also obtained reports from Revenue authorities, which showed that the property belonged to Thangaraj.
The CCB police registered cases under Indian Penal Code Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy); 294 B (obscene acts); 420 (cheating); 427 (mischief); 465 (forgery); 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating); 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 506 (criminal intimidation) against Ganesan.